What will change in 2023?
New year means new rules. From January 1, 2023, major changes have already come into effect in a number of sectors such as energy, telecommunications, finance and the automotive industry. We take part.
Increase in energy prices
From January 1, 2023 Energy prices will increase for the French. After several months of government support, increases will be more significant at the beginning of the year.
First at the pump, with a fuel discount that ends. Until December 31, 2022, the state paid 10 cents per liter of fuel. This system expires on January 1, 2023. Instead, the state helped the most humble French people with 100 euros, or about 10 million people according to the criteria provided by the government.
If you heat with gas, the bill is likely to rise from January 1, 2023. The Energy Commission actually set a 15% increase in regulated natural gas prices.
Finally, if you still haven’t accepted to install a Linky meter in your home, this opt-out will cost you around sixty euros per year from 2023. This device is intended to compensate for the installation of a less efficient meter that requires more maintenance. By the end of 2024, it is possible to avoid this bill by taking your statement. But it will be necessary to go to the cash register from 2025.
Transport: electric cars and car assembly
If you’re planning to buy an electric car in 2023, now’s the time to find out about the help on offer. Devices are changing from January 1.
The environmental bonus for the purchase of an electric vehicle is reduced: It falls from 6,000 euros in 2022 (7,000 for the most modest households) to 5,000 euros in 2023. This revaluation was already scheduled for July 2022, but the state chose to extend this assistance for another six months to ease the transition.
The new device compensates for this reduction in the environmental bonus, but is limited to consumers with lower incomes. A zero-interest loan is actually set for the purchase of an electric car. To benefit from it, you must be an individual, have a limited income and live in certain major cities in France. The €100 a month car promised by Emmanuel Macron seems a long way off at the moment.
Still in the transport department, the State has set up a system to encourage the French to start driving. Drivers who regularly use carpooling a 100 euro bonus, either in the form of cash or fuel vouchers. Each platform will decide how to reward carpoolers.
Payment of this aid is progressive. An initial boost of 25 euros is given during the first carpool. The remaining 75 euros are paid after 10 visits.
Telecommunications: the rise of packets and the end of research
Except for free, all telecom operators have announced an increase in the prices of their fixed and mobile plans. This increase often affects all formulas offered and reaches an average of 3 euros per subscription. So much for the bad news.
Among the positive changes, let’s highlight the end of the search with phone numbers starting with 06 and 07. Therefore, these codes are reserved for private individuals: companies specializing in communication or ephemeral communication (delivery personnel, drivers, etc.) will have to use them. Number starting with 09.
Orange also announcedLandline numbers can follow you while you’re on the move. Like a mobile number, a landline phone number is portable, meaning that if you live in an area with an area code of 04 today, you can keep it even if you move out of the area. Note that foreign departments and territories are not concerned.
Finally, the La Poste group announced the end of the red stamp in favor of the red e-mail. Instead of writing, printing, buying stamps and posting, it will be possible to access a page on the La Poste website dedicated to sending simple letters.
The method is simple: you enter the site, write a letter and indicate the recipient. We pay (of course), then La Poste takes care of printing the letter and sending it to your recipient.
Finance: Rise in PEL, crypto reform
There is also a level in finance for this start of the 2023 school year. The state announced first raising the minimum wage about 1.81% or about twenty euros per month for a 35-hour-a-week contract. An increase considered low by the social partners while inflation over the year reaches 6.2% in November 2022.
At the same time, Housing Savings Plan (MEL) rate increases. While it was capped at 1% in 2022, the PEL rate reached 2% in 2023. Note that this rate only applies to those created on or after January 1, 2023, not to PELs already opened.
Finally, the world of cryptocurrencies is also entitled to a small change for the start of the 2023 academic year. Capital gains will be taxed at 12.8% (excluding social security contributions), whether you are an individual or a professional.
When declaring taxes, it is always possible to choose between this tax or a progressive scale of tax. It is everyone’s job to see what is most interesting from a tax perspective. Plus, don’t hesitate to follow our complete guide to properly declaring your cryptos to taxes.
Streaming: The end of Netflix account sharing
Apart from the new catalogs announced by different platforms, there is one that decided to change their rules. As of January 1, 2023, Netflix has decided to end account sharing.
Gradually, over the years, the number 1 streaming platform intends to put an end to this practice, which will therefore cause it to lose millions every month.
So, people who are not members of the same family, who are connected to a family account, will have to go to the cash register. Netflix has not yet disclosed the cost of the involvement, but the company was planning to do so, according to sources familiar with the matter. price close to its most affordable offer encouraging users to switch to their formulas. To make the transition easier, Netflix has developed a tool to transfer a profile to a new account. Smart.
Finally, the French OCS (Orange Cinema Series) loses one of its biggest assets to its competitors. From January 1, 2023, the HBO catalog (Game of Thrones, House of Dragon, Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld etc.) is no longer integrated into the platform. Thus, HBO ends a 10-year exclusive partnership.
We still don’t know where the series of the American group will be broadcast. In the US and some European countries, HBO offers its own streaming platform. The service in France is long overdue, but no arrival date has been given.
Technology, telecommunications, energy, finance, etc. in 2023. There will be other advancements this year, especially in the health aspect. For example, from January 1, 2023, condoms are free for those under 26, and emergency contraception is free for all women without a prescription. Significant upheavals for our society.